Who says being outspoken has to be a bad thing? Join us for our podcast, “Outspoken”, where we have candid conversations as we navigate current headlines, media, culture and how they relate to interpersonal violence and abuse. Dive in and discover ways to speak up, speak out and be Outspoken.

Episode Guide

Megan and Kirsten interview HCWC’s Child Advocacy Center Director, Ashley. They discuss misconceptions and myths around child abuse, and what parents and caregivers can do to keep kids safe. 

Resources:  

Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month Toolkit:  

Article on Preventing Child Abuse:  

Why Children may not Disclose: https://stopthehurt.org/why-children-may-not-disclose-abuse/ 

When Child Discloses: https://stopthehurt.org/when-a-child-says-metoo/ 

Mandating Reporting: https://stopthehurt.org/mandated-reporting/ 

Helping Children Process Trauma: https://stopthehurt.org/helping-children-process-trauma/ 

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources   

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In this episode our hosts discuss emotional abuse. What is it? What is gaslighting? How does emotional abuse relate to boundaries? It’s important to remember that abuse is not just physical. 

Resources: 

https://stopthehurt.org/shining-a-light-on-emotional-manipulation/  

For more information on emotional abuse visit, https://stopthehurt.org/emotional-abuse-not-all-abuse-leaves-bruises/

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at hcwc.org/resources 

Learn about these topics and more at stopthehurt.org

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Kirsten interviews HCWC’s Shelter Children’s Counselor, Melainie, and Bilingual Legal Advocate, Diana. They discuss misconceptions and myths around domestic violence, family violence shelters, and what we can do to support survivors.

Resources:

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources

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Claudia and one of HCWC’s Children’s Counselors discuss misconceptions about trans people, drag performers, grooming and child abuse. They explore how adults can better support LGBTQIA+ youth and be advocates for change. 

Resources: 

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault or harassment and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources    

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Kiara, Kirsten, Claudia, and Megan discuss takeaways from the episode of Below Deck Down Under that sparked online conversations about sexual assault & harassment, consent, and bystander intervention. Our educators talk about what the show got right about responding to sexual assault & harassment and how we can interact with sexual assault in similar ways in our own communities.

Resources:

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As a part of the Outspoken Summer Movie Series, Kiara, Kirsten, Claudia, and Megan discuss takeaways from the film, Barbie, and how we can challenge social norms and empower each other.

Resources:

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources

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As a part of the Outspoken Summer Movie Series, Kiara, Kirsten, Claudia, and Megan discuss lessons from the film, The Little Mermaid, and how adults can empower youth and help prepare them for healthy relationships.

Resources: 

Outspoken Interview with Dating Violence Counselor – Episode 16

STH Dating Violence Toolkit

Stop The Hurt

Kirsten interviews HCWC’s Dating Violence counselor, Lauren. They discuss how to identify healthy and abusive relationships, and how caregivers can talk to and support youth and adult children in their lives. Lauren provides examples and tools for both caregivers and youth.

Resources:

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources

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Kiara, Megan, Kirsten, and Claudia discuss the importance of Dating Violence Awareness Month, how to talk to teens and young adults about dating violence, relationship role models, and why it can be hard for individuals to leave unhealthy and abusive relationships.  

Content Warning: Discussions and examples of abusive relationship dynamics, mentions of self-harm and suicide. 

On the next episode of Outspoken, Kirsten continues the conversation in an interview with a dating violence counselor. 

Resources:  

Stop the Hurt Article: “How to Talk to Teens and Pre-teens About Healthy Relationships” 

“Talking to Teens About Relationships” 

Dating Violence Awareness Month Toolkit
If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources   

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Kiara, Kirsten, Megan and our new prevention educator Claudia discuss showing yourself love during the holidays through self-care, self-affirmations and a lot of boundary work.  

Resources:  

Boundaries Boss by Terri Cole: This book is written with women in mind, discussing helpful boundary-setting tools and ways to shift your mindset. https://boundarybossbook.com/  

SMART Recovery: This is a secular online and in-person science-based addiction/ maladaptive behavior recovery community.  https://www.smartrecovery.org/ 

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources   

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Who benefits from the way the media talks about victims? Is it helping or hurting? Kiara, Kirsten, and Megan discuss how media and society contribute to victim blaming, and how by challenging it together we can create a safer community.

Resources: 

Media Victim Blaming & Cyclist Study: https://usa.streetsblog.org/2019/01/14/six-ways-the-media-is-still-blaming-the-victim/

MPD was given Cleotha Henderson’s name and still did not pursue him: https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2022/10/04/memphis-police-department-lawsuit-cleotha-henderson-rape-case/69539281007/

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at hcwc.org/resources and stopthehurt.org/resources. 

What is the connection between mass shootings and relationship abuse?  Kiara, Kirsten, and Megan explore some of the root causes of violence, the factors that drive violent behavior, and ways we can create communities that are safer for everyone. 

Resources: 

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at hcwc.org/resources and stopthehurt.org/resources. 

No Visible Bruises: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/no-visible-bruises-9781635570977/
Fierce Self-Compassion: https://self-compassion.org/fierce-self-compassion/ 

Have you ever seen someone comment or post something harmful online? Or share an intimate photo of someone without their permission, and didn’t know what to do? Kiara, Kirsten, and Megan discuss victim blaming, different ways to take a stand against violence, and support people who have been harmed online. 

Resources:  

Learn more about different ways to intervene online and offline at righttobe.org 

www.nsvrc.org/saam/2022/learn/buildingsafeonlinecommunities 

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources   

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Do you feel supported and connected online? Or have you experienced harassment, judgment, or criticism? Join Kiara, Kirsten, and Megan as they discuss how to make the internet safer for yourself and for others.  

Resources:  

Learn more about different ways to intervene online and offline at righttobe.org 

www.nsvrc.org/saam/2022/learn/buildingsafeonlinecommunities 

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources   

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Is your favorite song problematic? Join Gemma, Kiara, and Megan as they open up about their playlists and discuss music and relationships 

Resources:  If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources   

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What a year! Join Kiara, Megan, and Gemma as they look back on ways people used social media to be outspoken in 2021.  

Resources:  If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources   

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Have you ever felt pressured to share your password in a relationship? In part two, Gemma, Kiara, Megan, and Nathan continue to discuss digital communication in relationships— how it benefits us, how to recognize when it goes wrong, and the importance of digital boundaries. #BeOutspoken #NewPodcastAlert #DigitalRelationships

Resources: If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at hcwc.org/resources and stopthehurt.org/resources.

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How has digital communication changed our relationships? From MySpace to TikTok, Gemma, Kiara, Megan, and Nathan discuss the evolution of digital communication and how we relate to each other.

Resources:

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at hcwc.org/resources and stopthehurt.org/resources.

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It’s easy to be tough on yourself, but what if you showed yourself the same compassion you show others? Gemma, Kiara, Megan, and Nathan talk all about self-compassion. What it is, what it’s not, their personal experiences with practicing self-compassion, and how it’s connected to social change. 

Learn more about self-compassion at https://self-compassion.org/ 

Resources:

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at hcwc.org/resources and stopthehurt.org/resources.

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It’s 2021 and youth are still experiencing sexism in school. Gemma, Kiara, and Megan discuss the Netflix movie, Moxie, and how it reflects their own experiences working with youth in schools. Youth are speaking up. Are we listening?

Resources:

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at hcwc.org/resources and stopthehurt.org/resources.

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Gemma, Kiara, Megan, and Nathan continue the conversation from episode 4 and discuss how we can support those who’ve experienced sexual violence and create a culture of consent. 

Resources:

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources

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Gemma, Kiara, Megan, and Nathan break down consent while discussing headlines featuring Marilyn Manson, T.I. and Tiny, David Dobrick’s Vlog Squad, and others. CW: This episode includes conversations about sexual assault and relationship abuse. 

Resources:

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources

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Kiara, Megan, and Nathan reflect back on the outspoken people and moments of 2020 and how they relate to the movement against sexual violence.

Resources:

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources

References:

Me Too. Act Too: https://acttoo.metoomvmt.org/

SafeHelpline – Sexual Assault Support for Military Service Members: https://www.safehelpline.org/

“The Invisible War” documentary: https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/invisible-war/

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In this episode, HCWC Prevention Educators, Kiara, Vanessa, and Megan discuss the controversial film Cuties.  Hosts discuss the impact of internet culture on preteen girls, their own experiences growing up, and the importance of empowering youth with information. 

Resources: 

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources   

October 23, 2020

In this first episode, HCWC Prevention Educators, Kiara, Vanessa, and Megan, introduce themselves and their hopes for the podcast. For the first time in 20 years, the Texas State Board of Education is considering making changes to health standards to include consent and healthy relationship programming. Join them as they discuss what it’s like doing violence prevention work in Texas, why these changes are a big deal, and what you can do about it.

Note: The upcoming Texas State Board of Education’s final vote is the week of November 17-20, 2020.

Find out who your representative is on the State Board of Education; https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home 

Resources:

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is seeking support or services, additional resources can be found at www.hcwc.org/resources

References:

What is a SHAC (School Health Advisory Council)?

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/schoolhealth/sdhac.shtm#:~:text=A%20School%20Health%20Advisory%20Council,serve%20at%20the%20district%20level.&text=They%20can%20help%20parents%20and,stay%20healthy%20for%20a%20lifetime.

Current proposed changes to Texas Education Standards:

https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Health_Education_TEKS_Review_Final_R

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